NYANZA- The Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda, Kuniyo Hatanaka, has commended the government for efficient use of donor funds.
Ambassador Hatanaka made the comments Wednesday in Nyanza District during the inauguration of Nyanza Peace Academy.
The elementary and primary school was built by Peace International School (PIS) with funding from the Embassy of Japan.
Completed late in 2010, the well furnished school worth over Rwf 55 million, became operational at the beginning of this year with 36 students.
It is comprised of a seven classroom block, administration office and twelve toilet units.
Speaking during the event, Ambassador Hatanaka hailed the beneficiaries for using the money wisely.
“We are very happy to see that the school was constructed and completed as planned. Sometimes we have difficulties in completing projects as requested and planned. But here, everything has been carried out very correctly. We are very happy that our people’s money is used in a correct manner,” he noted.
“We hope that this school will contribute a lot to the region, but mainly to the very vulnerable and disadvantaged people and children”.
Rev. Denis Mugabo, the Chairman of Peace International School, noted that education is central to the development of a country which destroyed by the Genocide.
He promised to continue efforts towards improved education standards, especially in disadvantaged areas.
“The only way of sustaining what has already been acquired in Rwanda in the area of peace and reconciliation is through education…” Rev. Mugabo said.
“We need to have an educated society which has the capacity to improve their own wellbeing, that of their neighbours and contribute to the development of the country.”
Gorette Kawera, a resident of Kibinja cell and a parent to a four-year old nursery going child at the Academy, told The New Times that the school saved children from travelling long distances.
She commended teachers for the job being done, noting that pupils’ skills are notably improving.
“My child speaks English better than a primary school pupil. He even impresses his eldest,” Kawera boasted.